1. Fast start - Georgia scored on its second possession of the game. Then again on its third. Then again on its forth. Then again on its fifth. These are its possessions. INT,TD,TD,FG,TD. The scoring slowed down from there but with the defense only giving up ten points through three quarters it was more than enough. Tech was playing behind early on and never threated to take the lead after Georgia went up 14-3.
2. Win the third down battle on both sides of the ball - Result - Georgia was 4 of 10 on third down and Tech was 7 of 16 on third down. It was somewhat of a stalemate here but Georgia winning the turnover battle 2 to 1 and forcing more third downs help decide the game.
3. Touchdowns not field goals - Result - Georgia scored 4 touchdowns and attempted two field goals. Overall good but could have been better as they had a drive that started at the Tech 25 end up with a punt.
Prediction - 31-21 Georgia - Result - 31-17.
The most impressive stat of the day was holding Washington to 3 of 10 passing for 34 yards. Georgia did not give up a big passing play despite staying up tight against the run until the game was already decided and Tech had put in their backup quarterback. Tech still had 243 rushing yards but did on it 4.4 yards per carry versus their normal average of 5.75 yards per carry. A big difference from last year was the play of Jenkins at the nose position. He not only required Tech to double him but he often got into the back field to disrupt plays before they started. I can't wait to see what he will do with a full off season in Athens to improve even more.
I forget where I saw it mentioned so I can't take credit for this but I thought it was a good observation. They said that facing Tech a week before having to play LSU who uses Jefferson quite a bit on option plays will help Georgia be more prepared for everything LSU will throw at us. Obviously LSU uses it more as a change up compared to Tech but I do think that it will help the defense recognize and react to option plays quicker which could take away a few of the bigger plays from LSU. Every little thing we can get will be needed.
Our special teams have quietly gotten much better the last few weeks. They will need to continue that trend this weekend against LSU as they have some of the best in the business. I would say if special teams balance out for Georgia that will be advantage Georgia.